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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 9:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Well, the Mexicans and Chinese are pumping oil out of the Gulf as fast as you please, and we have high unemployment and higher gas prices (which means everything costs more). Anecdotes do not make reality. Isn't the climate always changing? (Greenland?) Always one of the biggest factors in human history's adaptation and survival?

And that Congress so nobly voting last spring for, 'climate change is occurring', was one of the worst sessions in history (even worse then the recent prior ones). Thank you for the debt. I can't wait for the subpoenas to come out when the scandals begin over where the money really went.

Fossil fuel companies are the evil villain? Apple's profits were up 40% in '10, compared to 10% with Exxon-Mobil. Let's start hammering Apple for excessive corporate profit. What does Job's make in relation to his lowest paid worker?
Why do you not hammer the government, the real Colossus, for being a stifling, moldy, damp blanket, crushing innovation and creativity? How about 5% cut across the board and sell some of those those Western lands. What does the Federal government own, 1/3 of the land West of the Mississippi? We need to put Americans to work and try to establish some manufacturing base again. The snowy owls or whatever will have to figure it out.
Lastly, pollution? Check out China and India (or the ex-Warsaw pact countries).

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 26, 2011 1:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Re: "Thank you for the debt."

After taping the Grateful Dead in 1973, and then becoming a sound man, I worked in electronics for 30 years. Most of my professional electronics career involved maintaining professional video and audio systems in TV Stations, Distance Learning systems, News Room systems, Cable TV Networks, and News Channels. Since the year 2000, The News Media has gotten much, much worse. The US News Media has been churning out pure lies and propaganda. I was guilty because I was maintaining their equipment and systems, and I was being paid for that. In 2005, I made my final objections, and then I walked away from it! I haven't worked in 5 years. I live on $5 or $10 per day! I buy absolutely NOTHING whatsoever. My medical care is my mmj permit! I haven't driven my car in 9 months - on purpose. But I pay full auto insurance rates, registration fees, and driver's license fees. I have 2 bicycles, and I use them. I also own some very good camping gear, and an excellent inventory of clothing for all types of weather and outdoors conditions. I go outdoors every day, exercise regularly, and keep my diet reasonably healthy. I have a very small place, no furniture, and I own no material possessions. That's why I have no monetary debt. Nor do you have any debt to repay me.

It's your future. I'm 60. The future for me: Game Over! Service jobs - like the GOOD ONES I had (with good pay!) servicing Ampex equipment - are GONE! Today "jobs in the service sector" means lots of jobs flipping burgers at McDonalds, or folding sheets and towels at Ramada Inn hotel.

On my first work day at Ampex's huge Audio Video Systems Division factory in Colorado Springs in July, 1979 - Ampex managers had their workers boxing up Ampex's entire pro-Audio manufacturing line! Ampex was outsourcing their entire manufacturing, inspection, and shipping of pro-Audio tape decks to Juarez, Mexico. Ampex's Video equipment would continue to be manufactured in the USA. Ampex had a huge Magnetic Tape Division with a big factory in Opelika, Alabama. They also had lots or employees who worked in that division, as well as many, many customers. Ampex went out of business around 1995. Outsourcing US (and European) jobs to slave labor camps is what we have now. Our sold-out and corrupt government is being run by Wall Street Ponzi schemes.
Re: "Let's start hammering Apple for excessive corporate profit."
China urges factory safety after iPad plant blast
(In 25 years, Ampex never had a plant explosion in Colorado Springs!)
By Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer – Wed May 25, 2011

BEIJING – Beijing urged Foxconn Technology Group and other Taiwanese companies on Wednesday to ensure safety in their mainland China factories after a fatal blast at a facility that makes Apple iPads.

Last Friday's explosion at the facility owned by Foxconn, Apple's main manufacturing contractor, killed three employees. Foxconn blamed combustible dust in a workshop that polishes products and suspended production at the factory in the western city of Chengdu, prompting questions about whether supplies of the popular iPad 2 might be disrupted.

"We hope Foxconn and other Taiwan-invested enterprises can learn from this, carry out their safety responsibilities, strengthen internal inspection and management, root out hidden dangers in a timely way and ensure safe production," said Fan Liqing, a spokesman for Beijing's Taiwan Affairs Office.

Taiwanese companies have invested billions of dollars in the mainland despite their government's lack of formal ties with Beijing, which claims the self-ruled island as part of its territory.

Fan said the Chengdu explosion was believed to be a "production safety incident" but gave no details.

Foxconn, a unit of Taiwan's Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., manufactures mobile phones, computers and other products under contract for Apple Inc. and other global brands such as Hewlett Packard Inc. The company employs an estimated 1 million to 1.1 million people in China at a series of huge factory campuses.

Other Taiwanese-owned factories in China producing clothing, toys and other goods employ millions more. They are moving into higher-value electronics, computer chips and other products.

Foxconn produces the iPad 2 in Chengdu and at its flagship China manufacturing campus in Shenzhen, near Hong Kong.

The company has not said how iPad 2 production might be affected, but research firm IHS iSuppli said lost output might total 500,000 units at a time when Apple says it is struggling to keep up with strong demand.
Re: "We need to put Americans to work and try to establish some manufacturing base again."
Bingo! Thank You! Right On! Let's start with what Jerry said in the 1967 Hippie Temptation interview:
Jerry Garcia:
What we're thinking about is a peaceful planet. We're not thinking of anything else. We're not thinking about any kind of power. We're not thinking about any of those kinds of struggles. We're not thinking about revolution or war or any of that. That's not what we want. Nobody wants to get hurt. Nobody wants to hurt anybody. We would all like to be able to live an uncluttered life, a simple life, a good life and think about moving the whole human race ahead a step.


This post was modified by dead-head_Monte on 2011-05-26 20:05:08

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

I ,at times, lived your lifestyle. In my Twenties! God Bless man. It does afford a greater sense of freedom I think. Tough life though.
I hope you are not right about our future standard of living, but you may well be. I can't assume such a future, though I personally think things are chancy right now. A collective held breath. It's my kids. It's the cliche, "I want a better life yada yada." But it holds a powerful sway. I can't give up. History is not deterministic. Which leads us to Jerry's quote. I don't think there is anyone here that would not agree with his statement. It's why we listen to the music (alot), delve into the history with eager eyes, or contribute to this forum. His quote transcends our current politics and civil culture. It is one of the ways back.

Quick pick on Apple. A government waste or corruption story?

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 28, 2011 1:56pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

It's a Corruption Story! Check out the points about Matt Taibbi and his excellent reporting in Rolling Stone Magazine.

You and Apple should try and understand that old analog equipment, and old tapes, weren't that bad sounding. Three years ago I published some old tapes of mine that were recorded on audio cassettes 38 years ago. They sounded really, really good! I played them back on my 38-year-old Nakamichi portable tape deck.

Today, I just did some simple repairs on my old stereo amplifier (receiver unit). It had a small glitch, and a bit of intermittent distortion in the left audio channel. This equipment has been through hell, and the gear still works fine. And I can still go inside these devices and do simple trouble-shooting and repairs. I just fixed up my Marantz 2270 Receiver / Amplifier. I bought the damned thing used in 1973!

One pair of my big speakers has some dried out speaker components, due to decades of living in the very dry climates of Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. They're ruined. This is the single common-denominator problem for a lot of equipment out here: Low Humidity! Stuff dries out over time and gets ruined. (In electronics, some capacitors go bad because of this, after many years.) My other speakers are still fine. Turn up the music!

old GD tapes sound awesome on my fixed up Marantz 2270 amplifier / receiver unit

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: May 26, 2011 12:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

"How about 5% cut across the board and sell some of those those Western lands. What does the Federal government own, 1/3 of the land West of the Mississippi? We need to put Americans to work and try to establish some manufacturing base again. The snowy owls or whatever will have to figure it out."

1. Making "across the board" cuts is about the dumbest possible way to shrink the government. Cuts need to focus on cutting wasteful and redundant programs and not simply slash every budget across the board. That might be good politics, but it's terrible policy.

2. Who would you like to sell the federal land out west to? China? The only chance we have to keep any of our western wilderness areas intact is to keep them in government hands and work on improving federal land management. Once they sell it off, it's gone forever. If you have an idea that doesn't involve selling of the national patrimony to the Chinese, I'm all ears.

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Poster: splue Date: May 26, 2011 1:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

yeh the govt is kinda hoggy!!!

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 12:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

I'm all for surgical cuts. Do you really think this government is capable of that? And the mantra would be, if my ox is getting gored yours better too.

The land is sovereign. Hopefully American companies. I don't know. Something to think about.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: May 27, 2011 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Sell the land to anyone that can afford to buy it. The federal government has no business owning it.

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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: May 26, 2011 10:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Re: "Why do you not hammer the government, the real Colossus, for being a stifling, moldy, damp blanket, crushing innovation and creativity?"

We had a good discussion about this on The GD Forum, December 23, 2009.

The Airing of Grievances and Feats of Strength

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: May 26, 2011 12:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 'slo-mo Rapture' & our GD Forum conversation

Wow! My kids in the room towards the end.
Boy, people do not like that woman. Evan 'feminists', which I find very odd. We know how jots feels.

edit- Well, we know she just bought a huge mansion in Arizona (just to make your day brighter WT & SDH) so she may be out of your neck of the woods jots. But this came over the wire,

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0511/55783.html

This post was modified by micah6vs8 on 2011-05-26 19:09:52